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Food Processing Equipment

Market Overview 

Total imports in this sector increased slightly in 2014, after two successive years of decrease. While imports from the U.S. decreased in 2014, partial figures for the first quarter of 2015 indicate that the U.S. is regaining its traditional position as the largest supplier of food processing equipment to Argentina. Imports from the U.S. during the first quarter of 2015 amounted to $7 million, a 34 percent increase vis-à-vis the first quarter of 2014. However, this trend is expected to decay during the remaining months of 2015. Although local production figures are almost non-existent, imports are estimated to account for 70 to 85 percent of the total market.

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Sub- Sector Best Prospects

The segments that grew most in 2014 and in the first quarter of 2015 were equipment for the preparation of food and drinks under HS Code (843880); parts for food and beverage processing equipment (HS Code 843890; and machines for cleaning, sorting or grading seed, grain or dried leguminous vegetables (HS Code 8437). In addition to the abovementioned segments, U.S. exports may continue to find opportunities in the following specialized areas: machinery for cleaning or classification of eggs, fruit or other agricultural products; equipment for fat and vegetable oil extraction and processing; and machinery for the preparation or processing of fruits, nuts or vegetables.

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Opportunities

The food processing equipment market in Argentina relies heavily on imports by large domestic food processing companies and food exporters. Argentina is the world's leading exporter of soy oil and soy meal, the third largest soybean exporter, and a top exporter of corn.

Argentina remains a key market for U.S. exports to Latin America. U.S. products are often sought out, particularly in the higher-end technology segment.

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Key Figures

(In US$ Millions)

2013

2014

2015
(Est.)

2016
(Est.)

Total Market Size

163.45

179.98

163.60

170.13

Total Local Production

90.00

88.65

87.00

88.75

Total Exports

43.85

36.81

32.05

32.70

Total Imports

117.30

128.14

108.65

114.08

Imports from the U.S.

23.20

19.45

23.34

24.50

Note: Statistics are based on the following Mercosur Common External Tariff (MCET) Codes: 84.17.20; 8433.60; 8434.20; 8434.90; 8435; 8436.29.00.100; 8437; 8438; 8479.20.00

Total Market Size = (Total Local Production + Total Imports) – (Total Exports)

Data Sources:

  • Total Local Production: Unofficial estimates based on industry reports
  • Total Exports: Nosis/Exi-Net export/import data
  • Total Imports: Nosis/Exi-Net export/import data
  • Imports from U.S.: Nosis/Exi-Net export/import data

2014 import market share: Italy: 24.1%; United States: 15.2%; China: 12.1%; Germany: 10.4%; Netherlands: 9.6%.

2015 (1st. quarter) import market share: United States: 25.8%; Italy: 14.2%; China: 11.4%; Germany: 9.8%; Brazil: 8.7%

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Trade Events

In Argentina

Dairy

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Mercolactea
June 2016 (TBD)
San Francisco Rural Association 
San Francisco, Province of Cordoba 
Diario La Nacion and Inforcampo Exposiciones S.A. 
International Exhibition for the Dairy Industry. 

Bakery

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FITHEP ExpoAlimentaria Mercosur
June 15-17, 2016
Gala Exhibition Center
Resistencia, Chaco 
Publitec S.A. Editora
International Exhibition of Technology for Ice Cream, Confection,
Chocolate, Bakery, Pasta, Pizza, and Convenience Products. Takes place every two years.

Agribusiness

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Exposición Rural
July-August 2016 (TBD)
La Rural Exhibition Center
City of Buenos Aires 
Sociedad Rural Argentina y La Rural S.A.
International Exhibition of Livestock, Agriculture, and Industry. 

Food Technology

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Tecno Fidta
September 20-23, 2016 
Costa Salguero Convention Center
City of Buenos Aires 
Indexport Messe Frankfurt S.A. 
International Exhibition of Food Technology, Additives and Ingredients. Takes place every two years.

Food and Beverage

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Envase/Alimentek/Farmatek
August 2016 (TBD)
Costa Salguero Convention Center
City of Buenos Aires 
Instituto Argentino del Envase
(Argentine Packaging Institute)
Food and beverage processing machinery and equipment show.

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FIAR (Feria Internacional de la Alimentación)
April/May 2016 (TBD)
Municipal Convention Center 
Rosario, Santa Fe Province
Municipality of the City of Rosario
Rosario International Food Fair. Food and beverage processing machinery and equipment show. Held every two years.

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Useful Links

Argentine Web Sites

Government

Food Products

Meat and Poultry

Wine

Dairy

Packaging

U.S. Web Sites

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Contact Information

Please feel free to contact the U.S. Commercial Service Argentina Specialist mentioned below for additional information or assistance.

Liliana Paz
Food Processing and Packaging Equipment Sector Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service Argentina
Embassy of the United States of America
Av. Colombia 4300
C1425GMN Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone: (54-11) 5777-4519
Fax:    (54-11) 5777-4203
Email: Liliana.Paz@trade.gov

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